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BRAMPTON, Ont. – On the trek to his first Ontario Hockey League orientation camp, Mike Amadio had plenty of time to contemplate what lay ahead.
“It was a long ride,” said Amadio, a Sault Ste. Marie resident who was the Brampton Battalion’s second-round pick in the OHL Priority Selection on April 7, after camp ended Sunday.
“On the way down I kept thinking that I was actually going to my first OHL camp. It was really hard to believe.”
A right-shot centre who turned 16 on May 13, Amadio was one of 34 players who took part in the two-day camp, which featured fitness testing and four 45-minute four-on-four scrimmages.
“I felt like I competed well,” said Amadio, who scored one camp goal. “I thought I kept up with the speed. It was great to meet all the guys and play with some of the veterans from last season’s team.”
Chosen from the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars major midgets, the five-foot-11, 170-pound Amadio recorded 37 goals and 39 assists for 76 points in 40 games.
“He’s a great sniper who can really stickhandle,” said goaltender Jake Kment, a North Stars teammate of Amadio and a sixth-round pick. “He’s great at checking with his stick. He’s a smart player.”
Amadio acknowledged that he faces a lot of work over the offseason.
“It’ll be a tough summer. I have to work on getting stronger and faster if I’m going to keep up with the play at this level. It will be terrific to learn from a guy like Stan Butler, who’s such a great coach. I’m looking forward to a great experience with the team.”
Kment saw plenty of action with Team White, which split the four games with Team Green, which captured the camp title by virtue of a point gained in a shootout loss.
“I got a lot of shots; there were a lot of breakaways and odd-man rushes,” said Kment, a Sault Ste. Marie resident who turned 16 on March 13.
“I tried to focus and tell myself to treat this like a regular game, and I wanted to battle to keep my team in it because we seemed to be on the short end most of the time. I was a bit nervous and excited at first. I think I learned I was in better condition than I might have thought I was.”
The first of two goaltenders chosen by the Battalion in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Kment, six feet and 175 pounds, played 37 games, earning four shutouts and posting a 2.11 goals-against average.
“He’s a great goalie,” said Amadio. “He really comes out and challenges the shooters.”
The weekend didn’t mark Kment’s first experience with an OHL club. He spent time last season practising with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the absence of goaltender Jack Campbell.
“They needed a goalie because Campbell wasn’t available, and I spent a couple of days there,” said Kment, who was extended the invitation by Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas. “It was great to be around them. It really helped me.”
Kment will compete for a roster spot at the Battalion’s training camp in August but, if he doesn’t make the team, he’s expected to be part of the North Stars, hosts of the 2013 Telus Cup national midget championship.
“The Telus Cup is huge,” said Kment. “It’s a national tournament and would be a great experience.”
Taylor Welsh started in the Green goal opposite Jake Smith in the opener Sunday, a 7-3 Green victory paced by two goals from each of Bryce Abraham and Nick Paul. Brennan Feasey, Mitch Amante and Brandon Robinson contributed a goal apiece. Brenden Miller scored two goals for White, while Jamie Lewis had one.
Kment backstopped White to a 7-5 win in the finale. Blake Clarke scored two goals and Barclay Goodrow, Calvin Gomes, Matt MacLeod, Lewis and Jake Derkach added singles. Eric Pitcher was in goal for Green, which got two goals from each of Drake Board and Connor Jarvis and one from Feasey.
Lewis joined White from Green for Sunday because Sean Perichak, a fourth-round pick in 2011, had a school commitment. White defenceman Marcus McIvor played only the the first game Sunday because of a left-ankle injury. White forward Alex Mutton, who suffered an injury in fitness testing Saturday, made his only scrimmage appearance of the camp in the first Sunday game.
Abraham led camp scorers with five goals.